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Look after yourself this winter with our self care top tips!

It's that time of the year again. Everyone you meet is coughing and sneezing and you just can't seem to shift that cold. It's the season of the viral upper respiratory infection or the Viral URTI as we call it.

Well the bad news is there's no getting away from them, and they can make you feel quite poorly for a few days. But the good news is that your body fights off the vast majority of them and you will get better by yourself!

Check out our resources, and learn all you need to help you combat these nuisance infections and keep yourself fighting fit this winter.

Go to our self care and minor illnesses sections and read all about it.

And remember, antibiotics don't work against viruses, they only help for serious bacterial infections, so next time you're full of cough and cold....

PS: if you smoke, most viral URTI's will take longer to settle and probably make you feel more rotten. So why not book into our stop smoking clinics and knock that habit on the head?

 

Is it a chest infection Doctor?

Well, unless symptoms such as high fever, or chest pain are becoming worse, you find it increasingly hard to breathe, you cough up blood, or you become drowsy, or increasingly confused, then the answer is probably not.

Coughs caused by a virus can sound chesty and can take weeks to settle completely. Find out more about them, and what to watch out for here.

Whilst you're at it, why not consider becoming an antibiotic guardian this winter? Watch the video below to find out more:  

 

Remember to verify your e-mail address with us

When you first register for SystmOnline, you will receive a verification message via email. Please action this message and click the link ASAP as it tells us we have the right email for you. If you don't receive a message, check your spam folder, or re send us your email address using the contact details page in SystmOnline. 

Watch our new video guide on how to use the new website

With all the new changes to the website and online services recently, its easy to get confused, especially if computers aren't your thing. Not to worry! Watch the video below to see how easy it all is. 

If you don't fancy watching the whole video, you can skip to the relevant part:

Registering for on line access (forward to 3:36)
Logging onto the on line system (forward to 5:12)
Receiving text message reminders and confirmations(forward to 17:45)
Making/amending appointments (forward to 8:57)
Requesting medication (forward to 11:10)
Completing questionnaires (forward to 13:50)
Sending messages to us (forward to 16:45)

 

 

Register for our new Online Services today!

Book appointments and request medication online. Having trouble requesting your repeat medication? Maybe its because your are ordering earlier than expected, or your medication is due for review. If so, login to our Online Services Portal and go the Current Prescriptions page. There is information here that tells you all about medication reviews and monitoring. You can then send us a message and your request will go to a doctor.   
 
 
Through SystmOnline you can:
Book, view or amend appointments
Request medication
Complete questionnaires (e.g for travel vaccinations)
Send a secure message to the practice for a quick query or question
 

Need a gentle reminder?

Life is busy. Why not register for our SMS text message reminder service. We can remind you of your appointments and let you know when test results are back!

To register, fill in the online form, or download the form here, fill it in and drop it into reception 

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Don't just Google your symptoms



There are a lot of weird and wonderful websites out there when it comes to health. Many of them are plain rubbish so don't trust everything you read! The links below will guide you to trusted websites written by health professionals in the UK. Remember, don't just 'google' it! and if you're really worried about something (preferably health related!), come and speak to us.

You can also check out our information on minor illness, looking after yourself, and long term conditions  

 

http://www.patient.co.uk/ http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx     http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Pages/Livewellhub.aspx

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